Author Archives: Claire Balani


“What graduate students want…is simply answered at the present time: they want a job.”

(The title of this post is attributed to John Guillory, “Professionalism: What Graduate Students Want,” Profession (1996): 91–99 (91), which was also used to preface the book chapter “Acculturation and the Digital Humanities Community” by Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair.) When Paul Ford published his article What is Code? last year, I was all for it. At the […]

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Workshop on Digital Project Planning

Yesterday I attended Lisa Rhody’s ITP Skills Lab on Project Planning. I came to the workshop because I had a few vague ideas of digital projects and wanted to hear Lisa’s advice on project development. The workshop was based on the Digital Project Lab suggested reading from this week. It was helpful to go through […]

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Data Project: Interpretive Analysis of Congressional Research Service Reports

Background I would like to analyze publicly available reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). CRS is housed within the Library of Congress as an agency of the legislative branch; its purpose is to provide the United States Congress with non-partisan advice on issues that may come before the legislature. CRS is often referred to […]

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Impact of Social Sciences – Of conspiracies and frontiers: the scandal of open access publishing

We are living through a frontier moment of online publishing. The dynamics of open access are new, and the internet opens up the possibility of an ongoing process of revision that is new to publishers, writers, and readers in the academy. Jo Guldi reflects on the experience of releasing The History Manifesto and the subsequent criticism of […]

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Digital History and Digital Journalism

During last week’s class, we discussed the relationship, and tensions, between journalists and historians. In reading The History Manifesto, there seemed to be a few jabs at journalists, with the authors mentioning news editorials elevating economic models applied to far-fetched concepts such as the customs of dating to sumo wrestling, and subsequently raising their creators […]

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  • Welcome to Digital Praxis 2016-2017

    Encouraging students think about the impact advancements in digital technology have on the future of scholarship from the moment they enter the Graduate Center, the Digital Praxis Seminar is a year-long sequence of two three-credit courses that familiarize students with a variety of digital tools and methods through lectures offered by high-profile scholars and technologists, hands-on workshops, and collaborative projects. Students enrolled in the two-course sequence will complete their first year at the GC having been introduced to a broad range of ways to critically evaluate and incorporate digital technologies in their academic research and teaching. In addition, they will have explored a particular area of digital scholarship and/or pedagogy of interest to them, produced a digital project in collaboration with fellow students, and established a digital portfolio that can be used to display their work. The two connected three-credit courses will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters as MALS classes for master’s students and Interdisciplinary Studies courses for doctoral students.

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